Royal Caribbean Cruise
February 26th - Mar 10th, 2011
 



March 1st we arrive at Georgetown, Grand Cayman. We are here from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Not a long time especially when you have to use tenders but the ship had arranged this very well and we were off and enjoying the city in no time. This was a really cool stop as there were no less than 6 cruise ships using tenders,..it was amazing to watch all these little boats wheeling about 12,000 tourists on and off the ships. Lots of shops to visit and I met a young fellow who was making Cuban cigars in one of the malls. He was Cuban and here for three months to show people how they are made. It takes between 9 to 12 months to learn how to roll one and there are three types of the leaf used for three different purposes including aroma and burn.

Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands that together form a self-governed colony under Great Britain. Columbus once called the island trio ‘Las Tortugas’ after the turtles he found living off shore. Affter that, the islands were known as the Caimanau, which is the Carib Indian word for crocodile used to describe the native iguanas. There are many images of iguanas on the streets just like you have seen with cattle painted with bright colours in cities. Turtles, iguanas and stingrays as the most common here. There is an area where the stingrays used ton congregate because the fisherman cleaned their catches there so the stingrays became quite friendly. Llandro porcelain makes a very special stingray piece that can only be bought here. A much nicer memento to take home instead of the usual.

We enjoyed our walk around not only the shops but outside the main areas seeing the people and plant material here. One of the things I will remember are the roosters that seem to be everywhere. They are historical I am told and have free reign to walk where ever they like. Fat, happy and covered in brilliant feathers in all colours, they are something that is truly Cayman. There is also a botanic garden here called the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park where you will find not only orchids but the Blue Iguana.

The national bird of Grand Cayman is the Grand Cayman Parrot – iridescent green with a white eye ring, red cheeks, black ear patches and brilliant blue wing feathers. The national flower is the wild banana orchid and the tree is the Silver Thatch Palm, used to make rope, brooms and roofs.

 

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  • Kids Garden
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